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49 Inspirational Quotes by Larry Ellison

Popular Larry Ellison Quotes

Larry Ellison is an American businessman, internet programmer, adventurer as well as a philanthropist. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a well known software company, Oracle Corporation. Some of his motivating quotes are listed below.

Larry-Ellison Quotes

  1. “Life’s a journey. It’s a journey about discovering limits.” – Larry Ellison
  2. “Building Oracle is like doing math puzzles as a kid.” – Larry Ellison
  3. “I love sailing. I like it more when I am winning.” – Larry Ellison
  4. “I was vehemently against acquisitions. Now let’s buy everything in sight. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration. We are a little more strategic than that. But everything was on sale.” – Larry Ellison
  5. “Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who is going to build.” – Larry Ellison
  6. “Being first is more important to me. I have so much money. Whatever money is, it’s just a method of keeping score now. I mean, I certainly don’t need more money.” – Larry Ellison
  7. “It’s Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.” – Larry Ellison
  8. “The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it’s enormously useful in life.” – Larry Ellison
  9. “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” – Larry Ellison
  10. “I have had all the disadvantages required for success.” – Larry Ellison
  11. “A corporation’s primary goal is to make money. Government’s primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give to others.” – Larry Ellison
  12. “If you do everything that everyone else does in business, you’re going to lose. The only way to really be ahead, is to ‘be different’.” – Larry Ellison
  13. “Our goal is simply to become the desktop for e-businesses.” – Larry Ellison
  14. “I have had all the disadvantages required for success.” – Larry Ellison
  15. “Five years from now, I don’t know how I’ll think.” – Larry Ellison
  16. “Bill Gates wants people to think he is Edison, when he’s really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn’t right. Wealth isn’t the same thing as intelligence.” – Larry Ellison
  17. “You have to act and act now.” – Larry Ellison
  18. “We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won’t work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.” – Larry Ellison
  19. “In order to grow at this pace, there will have to be a couple of acquisitions along the way. The tricky thing is to grow at this rate and maintain a 40 percent operating margin.” – Larry Ellison
  20. “Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative.” – Larry Ellison
  21. “You have to act and act now.” – Larry Ellison
  22. “I think after a certain amount, I’m going to give almost everything I have to charity. What else can you do with it? You can’t spend it, even if you try. I’ve been trying.” – Larry Ellison
  23. “When you are the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you are basically saying, ‘I’m right and everyone else is wrong.’ That’s a very unpleasant position to be in. It’s at once exhilaration and the same time an invitation to be attacked.” – Larry Ellison
  24. “It’s my job for Oracle, the number two software company in the world; to become the number one software company in the world. My job is to build better than the competition, sell those products in the marketplace and eventually supplant Microsoft and move from being number two to number one.” – Larry Ellison
  25. “To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, ‘I’d like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?’” – Larry Ellison
  26. “In some ways, getting away from the headquarters and having a little time to reflect allows you to find errors in your strategy. You get to rethink things. Often, that helps me correct a mistake that I made or someone else is about to make.” – Larry Ellison
  27. “Microsoft is already the most powerful company on earth but you ain’t seen nothing yet.” – Larry Ellison
  28. “I greatly admire GE, their utterly ruthlessly focused management, to get the cost out and get this integration done.’ Okay, we may make a few mistakes along the way but we are not going to waste any time.’ They make decisions; they are incredibly disciplined and focused.” – Larry Ellison
  29. “When you live your life in different ways, it makes people around you become uncomfortable. So deal with it. They don’t know what you are going to do.” – Larry Ellison
  30. “You have to take a broader view and realize this is an industry like any other – telecoms, Railroads; they went through consolidation. Why shouldn’t the computer industry be any different? This shouldn’t have been a surprise to anybody but it seemed to be, and a lot of people thought I was nuts when I said these things. And that’s why they are alone as a consolidator.” – Larry Ellison
  31. “I think I am very goal oriented. I’d like to win the America’s cup. I’d like Oracle to be the No 1 software company in the world. I still think it is possible to beat Microsoft.” – Larry Ellison
  32. “We will still be enormously profitable and by far the most profitable enterprise software company.” – Larry Ellison
  33. “I think you might see us growing much deeper into banking. You might see us acquiring companies in the banking area. You might see us acquiring companies in the retail area. I think you might see us acquiring companies in the telecommunications. I think you will see us getting stronger in business intelligence.” – Larry Ellison
  34. “So what makes me happy? I was really happy to build this house. That’s it; building things. The trouble with software is that it’s very hard to show your aunt in Florida what you’ve done.” – Larry Ellison
  35. “If an innovative piece of software comes along, Microsoft copies it and makes it part of Windows. This is not innovation; this is the end of innovation.” – Larry Ellison
  36. “Those that believe this is merely a downturn are mad. Our industry is going to mature and as something matures, the rate of innovation does slow.” – Larry Ellison
  37. “You can’t worry about it, you can’t panic when you look at the stock market’s decline or you get frozen like a deer in the headlights. All you can do is all you can do.” – Larry Ellison
  38. “I saw that we needed to grow but our top line wasn’t growing, so we had to find other ways to grow the business. We had to reshape our business and acquire share in a non conventional way. But most tech leaders don’t come out of a business background. They really have a parochial point of view. All they know are the go-go years of Silicon Valley. That’s the environment in which they were raised.” – Larry Ellison
  39. “When I do something, it is all about self-discovery. I want to learn and discover my own limits.” – Larry Ellison
  40. “There’s a wonderful saying that’s dead wrong. ‘Why did you climb the mountain? ‘I climbed the mountain because it was there.’ That’s utter nonsense. You climbed the mountain because you were here and you were curious if you could do it. You wondered what it would be like.” – Larry Ellison
  41. “I have run engineering since day one at Oracle, and I still run engineering. I hold meetings every week with the database team, the middle ware team, the applications team. I run engineering and I will do that until the board throws me out of there.” – Larry Ellison
  42. “If your cash is about to run out, you have to cut your cash flow. CEOs have to make those decisions and live with them however painful they may be. You have to act and act now; and act in the best interest of the company as a whole, even if it means that some people in the company who are your best friends have to work somewhere else.” – Larry Ellison
  43. “I am also involved with all the acquisitions and overall strategy. Now it’s true, I don’t run operations. But I’ve never really run operations. I’ve never had the endurance to run sales. The whole idea of selling to the customer just isn’t my personality. I’m an engineer, tell me why something isn’t working or is and I am curious.” – Larry Ellison
  44. “You realize that life is short and fragile; and when you are facing walls of water, you understand your own mortality can change and how quickly things could change.” – Larry Ellison
  45. “I think about the business all the time. Well I shouldn’t say all the time. I don’t think about it when I am wakeboarding. But even when I am on vacation, or on my boat; I am on email everyday. I am always prowling around the internet looking at what our competitors are doing.” – Larry Ellison
  46. “Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.” – Larry Ellison
  47. “I’d prefer people read about Churchill and how he wasn’t overwhelmed by Nazi Germany. Amazing; that the morale of a country rested on one person’s shoulders. Extraordinary people carried that country through its darkest hours; truly inspirational. I suppose that’s my theme. Whether it’s a biography or a movie; whether it’s fictional or true, I’m inspired by people doing great things.” – Larry Ellison
  48. “You have to believe in what you do in order to get what you want.” – Larry Ellison
  49. “Because software is all about scale. The larger you are, the more profitable you are. If we sell twice as much as software, it doesn’t cost us twice as much to build that software. So the more customers you have, the more scale you have. The larger you are, the more profitable you are.” – Larry Ellison

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